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Styx Biography


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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Years Active: 1970–1984, 1989–1992, 1995–present
Genres: Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock


Styx is an American rock band that became famous for its albums of the 1970s and 1980s. The Chicago band was known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and the flair of a Broadway musical. Over the years they have released 15 studio albums, 6 live albums, 14 compilation albums and 31 singles.

They became known for their popular hit songs "Lady" (#6, 1975), "Come Sail Away" (#8, 1977), "Babe" (#1, 1979), "The Best of Times" (#3, 1981) and "Mr. Roboto" (#3, 1983). Other hits such as "Show Me the Way" (#3, 1991), "Don't Let It End" (#6, 1983) and "Renegade" (#16, 1978) are recognizable as well.

In January 1981, Styx released "Paradise Theatre," a concept album that became their biggest hit, reaching number one on the Billboard pop albums chart and yielding five singles, including the top ten hits "The Best of Times" by DeYoung (#3) and "Too Much Time on My Hands" by Shaw (#9).

From 1977 to 1981, Styx released four consecutive albums that have been certified Multi-Platinum, for at least 2 million units sold each, by the RIAA: "The Grand Illusion," "Pieces of Eight," "Cornerstone" and "Paradise Theatre." Styx were the first band to release four consecutive Multi-Platinum albums.

As of April 21, 2006, according to the RIAA, Styx ranks number 127 with 17.5 million records sold within the United States.